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Dec. 15, 1965: Los Angeles City Hall and downtown from atop the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles City Hall and downtown from top of Occidental Life Building. This photo was published in the Dec. 16, 1965 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Telephoto lens image of the Santa Monica and Harbor freeways looking west from atop the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Normal lens view of Santa Monica and Harbor freeways looking west from the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Top of the Richfield Building and downtown Los Angeles in image taken with telephoto lens from the Occidental Life Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

Downtown Los Angeles from top of Occidental Life Building. The Richfield Building is on center left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles from atop the Occidental Life Building

Dec. 15, 1965: Los Angeles Civic Center from atop the Occidental Life Building.

This photo gallery consists of six images from a recently located roll of 120 film from former staff photographer Larry Sharkey taken atop the Occidental Life Building. I scanned six of the 12 frames for this gallery. For some of the images — including the first image above — Sharkey used a non-standard telephoto lens that heavily vignetted the edges of the frame. I’m guessing the lens was about 500 mm in focal length.

Sharkey was one of several post-World War II Los Angeles Times staff photographers who tinkered with various lens and camera body combinations. He may have been testing a long lens attached to a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex camera. The Rolleiflex was the standard staff photographer camera used in the late 1950s and early ’60s.

One of the non-telephoto images, the second one in the above gallery, was published as stand-alone wild art in the Dec. 16, 1965 Los Angeles Times. Once a frame was published, the Los Angeles Times library staff archived the entire role of film.

The 32-story Occidental Life Building was completed in 1965. It is now known as the AT&T Center, but over the years has been named the Transamerica Building and SBC Tower.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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